Robert Kamen

With a career spanning more than 30 years, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is the creator behind such classic films as "Taps" and "The Karate Kid. " Born in the Bronx, Kamen made his first foray into feature writing with ... Read more »

Filmography

Writer (33)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

(based on characters created by) (Source Material)

The Transporter Refueled 2015 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The Warrior's Gate 2015 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Transporter The Series 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Source Material

Taken 2 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Colombiana 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Karate Kid 2010 (Movie)

(from original screenplay: "The Karate Kid") (Source Material)

Taken 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss of the Dragon 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Next Karate Kid 1994 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Lethal Weapon 3 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Karate Kid Part III 1989 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Punisher 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Karate Kid Part II 1986 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Black Sash 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Punisher 1989 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Other (1)

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

Artistic Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

With a career spanning more than 30 years, screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is the creator behind such classic films as "Taps" and "The Karate Kid. " Born in the Bronx, Kamen made his first foray into feature writing with "Taps," the military academy drama that gave early starring roles to Tom Cruise and Sean Penn. Drawing on his own martial arts studies, Kamen penned the blockbuster "The Karate Kid," another star-making vehicle, this time for Ralph Macchio, which spawned sequels and a TV series. Subsequent works included another action sequel, "Lethal Weapon 3," and a romance featuring Keanu Reeves, "A Walk in the Clouds." In the mid '90s, Kamen worked in the studio system as a self-proclaimed "script assassin," executing uncredited rewrites that tampered with other screenwriters' original ideas. Eager to leave the confines of that world, he struck up a collaborative relationship with French writer-producer-director Luc Besson, beginning with the Bruce Willis science fiction adventure, "The Fifth Element." The team went on to other action fare such as "The Transporter" and its sequels and the Liam Neeson kidnapping drama, "Taken."

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Received Ph.D in American Studies

Milestones

2012

Co-wrote action sequel "Taken 2" with Besson; film directed by Megaton and starring Neeson

2011

Re-teamed with director Megaton and co-writer Besson for "Colombiana"

2010

Revived "The Karate Kid" with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith

2008

First film with director Olivier Megaton, "Transporter 3"

2008

Re-teamed with Besson to co-write action thriller "Taken," directed by Pierre Morel and starring Liam Neeson

2005

Returned as co-writer of "Transporter 2"

2003

Created and produced The WB series "Black Sash"

2002

Co-wrote action hit "The Transporter" with Besson

1997

Co-wrote screenplay with director Luc Besson for "The Fifith Element"

1994

Credited for creating characters in "The Next Karate Kid," starring Hilary Swank and Pat Morita

1992

Co-wrote action sport drama "Gladiator" and wrote screenplay for "Lethal Weapon 3"

1989

Made film producing debut with "The Punisher," starring Dolph Lundgren and Louis Gossett Jr.

1986

Re-teamed with director Avildsen, and stars Macchio and Pat Morita for sequels "The Karate Kid, Part II" (1986) and "The Karate Kid, Part III" (1989)

1984

Wrote screenplay and created characters for "The Karate Kid," directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Ralph Macchio

1981

Feature writing debut, "Taps"; co-wrote film based on novel by Devery Freeman

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